This post was originally published on this site(RNS) If, in the past, churches gave Western civilization its greatest artwork — Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Bach’s cantatas — now those same churches are partnering with artists once again, not as patrons but as landlords. The post Once patrons, now landlords — churches rehab buildings for artist spaces appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) An online offer to call off an abortion in exchange for $1 million has disgusted and fascinated people on both sides of the abortion debate. The post Fetus for ransom? Woman asks for $1 million, or she’ll abort appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteOKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt released a statement saying the justices got it wrong. The post Oklahoma Supreme Court rules Ten Commandments monument must go appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) The vote marks a victory for a broad international movement which aims to pressure Israel into extracting itself from Palestinian lands by a strategy known as BDS — Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions. The post United Church of Christ votes to divest from Israeli companies in occupied territories appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) Years before the gay rights movement gained momentum, the openly gay black activist, a Quaker, advised Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviolent protest tactics and organized the 1963 March on Washington. The post Gay civil rights activist, MLK mentor Bayard Rustin to be honored appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) Pope Francis’ itinerary for his Sept. 22-27 U.S. visit shows how this “pope of the people” wants to avoid becoming a prisoner of the East Coast “power corridor” during his five days in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. The post Pope Francis will try to break out of ‘the bubble’ on his US trip, details show appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteCANTERBURY, England (RNS) Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to wage a war aimed at making the British public “more intolerant of intolerance.” The post British schools must root out extremists, prime minister says appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteIn honour of the story of Balaam and his donkey, told in Parshat Balak, enjoy this short CBC “donkumentary” by Jean Dalrymple. Yes, I am one of the speakers! Photo by Matt Cardy (Getty Images)

This post was originally published on this siteNew LifeWay Research shows what Americans think about the effects of Islam on religious freedom around the world. Muslims around the world are approximately halfway through the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting out of observance of what they believe is the first revelation of the Qur’an to Muhammad. Needless to say, this has not been a good week for the “view”

This post was originally published on this siteMy body may be broken, but it’s capable. My third child came into the world weighing just under 11 pounds, a fact that elicited awe and pity all round, especially when they discovered I’d had him the old-fashioned way. Despite his size, he was my easiest. I delivered him sitting in a tub of water, coached by a midwife, and completely relaxed after